No matter which diet you follow (Keto, Vegan, Low Carb, Low Fat, etc), we know that a fat loss diet works on the basic guiding principle of Calories In Vs Calories Out. That’s a given.
Considering the fact that you’ve been following this basic principle irrespective of the diet, let’s look at 3 ways to make sure that you get the results you’re looking for.
- Stay Consistent
Yes, consistency is key when it comes to getting results. Most of us start our diet programs with a lot of enthusiasm but don’t end up continuing it for a long enough time for results to ‘actually’ show.
This is where most people give in and undo their progress.
For Ex : Eating in a controlled manner for 5 days a week but chugging down glasses of alcohol and burgers will only ruin the progress you made in the last 5 days. And you’ll wonder why this diet program isn’t working even when you’re ‘eating clean’ 70% of the time.
One of the ways to make sure that you’re consistent with your diet is to include some foods that you enjoy eating and make the diet more sustainable.
Also, aim for 90% adherence to the diet. This way, you can make sure that the foods that you like eating are not ruining your progress.
- Maximize Fullness
Well, let’s get real here. When we’re dieting, we can’t overlook the aspect of ‘hunger’. We all feel hungry, which, btw is a good thing.
It means that we’re giving the body less food than it actually is burning in a day which will force it to tap into our fat reservoirs which will ultimately lead to fat loss.
The best we can do to support this is by including foods that make us feel full, are dense portion wise, but are low on calories. You guessed it right : Veggies. Veggies are a great way to get your fiber intake for the day and to complete your plate which leads to more satiety.
Consider this, 1 medium size butter cookie is almost 100 calories with less than a gram of fiber and is over in less than a minute without making you even feel like you had anything. On the other hand, having 4 cucumbers will give you 100 calories with 8 grams of fiber.
Which one do you think will make you feel satiated for long? It’s the cucumbers.
So don’t forget to include a good amount of veggies in your diet to keep the hunger pangs at bay.
- Don’t Compare
It’s important to remember that every one has different lifestyles going on and different genetics. Our bodies respond in a completely different way depending upon a lot of factors.
And so comparing your progress with someone else’s is a sure fire way to get disappointed. What you should instead compare is that are you closer to your ultimate goal than you were last month?
This way, you’ll stay motivated with your progress and avoid those stressful nights wondering why your progress is slow. Fast progress isn’t always better progress.
I always say, good things take time. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
You have to look at things from a long enough time line perspective. Say 3-6 months. That’s how you set yourself up for success, by being patient and judging yourself based on where ‘you’ were last month.
Make sure that you apply these concepts in your journey. We won’t promise you that you’ll be the most shredded guy in the gym, what we do promise is that you’ll enjoy your journey more, progress on a weekly basis and get closer and closer to your ultimate goal with time.